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Cystic Mesothelioma

Posted: 17 May 2016 04:07 AM PDT

Cystic Mesothelioma

Cystic mesothelioma is also known as benign cystic mesothelioma and is described as being an uncommon mesothelial proliferation that has a particularly nagging tendency to reoccur.

Even with their tendency towards reoccurrence, the lesions are in fact benign. These lesions most commonly occur in women, with a predilection towards those who are of the age for reproduction. The ratio of cystic mesothelioma occurrence is around 5 women for every 1 man.

Currently, the pathogenesis and natural history for the condition of mesothelioma are as of yet defined poorly due to there being only a limited amount if info available at this time. Most of the patients who receive a diagnosis of cystic mesothelioma have a history that includes pelvic operation, endometriosis, or pelvic inflammatory disease.

A large number of patients who have cystic mesothelioma are also asymptomatic, which means that they have no occurrence of symptoms that would reveal the existence of one or many lesions. More than likely, these tumors will be found incidentally. Dependant upon the size of the cystic mesothelioma tumor, symptoms of a varying intensity can still occur. Classic symptoms or signs of cystic mesothelioma will include abdominal pain and tenderness, as well as a mass in the abdomen or pelvic areas of the body.

For cystic mesothelioma, the preoperative diagnosis can be and often is difficult to ascertain. Diagnostic procedures like computed tomography (CT scan), ultrasound, or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) have the capability to demonstrate that there is an abnormality present that could prove to be cystic mesothelioma, but the only reliable means to confirm a diagnosis is through surgery.

The lesions that are created by cystic mesothelioma are generally considered borderline due to the fact that they are incapable of metastasizing. Regardless, it is most important to know that the associated lesions from cystic mesothelioma generally have a high likelihood of locally based recurrence.

This is still a largely misunderstood cancer, especially as preoperative diagnosis is problematic because CT scans and ultrasounds are incapable of differentiating between cystic mesothelioma and other types of cystic lesions. One diagnostic tool being potentially considered is fine needle aspiration but due to its not being informative enough, it is generally not exploited as a primary diagnostic tool for cystic mesothelioma.

Laparoscopy is the most accurate diagnostic method at this time, as local biopsy is made possible for the tissue specimen in question. The problem with this is that this procedure is invasive in nature.

Yet another associated problem common to cystic mesothelioma is the fact that no uniform treatment strategies exist for this particular type of cancer. The mainstay of the treatment options for mesothelioma of all types is the complete eradication of any and all peritoneal cysts, however recurrence is always still going to be a risk factor. The risk of recurrence of the tumors sits at between 50 and 60 percent, which is relatively common as far as cancers associated with mesothelioma are concerned. This is still a relatively rare form of tumor as there is only a relatively small occurrence of reported cases reported every single year.

Causes Of Mesothelioma

Posted: 16 May 2016 03:46 PM PDT

Causes Of Mesothelioma

Causes Of MesotheliomaThe inhalation of asbestos fibers is the most common of causes of mesothelioma. The discovery of the link between the two was made in the 1960s during the time of asbestos importation from other countries. This material is a natural mineral that is mined from rock which is found in many countries around the world.

Asbestos was used in shipbuilding, household appliances, and construction but was very widely used to produce insulation materials. Studies have shown that when asbestos is disturbed or damaged it releases tiny fibers that can be breathed into the lungs. These fibers are so small that an individual may not realize that they are breathing them in or even swallowing them.

The small fibers can rest in either the lungs or the abdomen for a very long period of time while the body wreaks havoc with itself trying to remove the foreign object. This inflammation can go undetected by physicians and unnoticed by patients for so long that the inflammation may eventually turn to cancer.

Mesothelioma will not rear its ugly head immediately. It normally takes on average 30 to 40 years for a person to realize that they have been exposed to the causes of mesothelioma. There have been rare cases where radiation exposure has been linked to the disease as well.

Although smoking cigarettes or any other tobacco products does cause cancer, there is no evidence to indicate that this practice will increase a person's risk of mesothelioma. Therefore; the people who are at risk the most are people who have worked with asbestos on some level, including but not limited to:

  • Plumbers
  • Boilermakers
  • Shipbuilders
  • Construction workers
  • Electricians
  • Demolition workers
  • Oil refinery workers
  • People who live near asbestos factories

It is important to remember that family members have contracted the disease via clothing of their loved ones who were working in these areas. Many of these people are finding that the causes of mesothelioma were unbeknownst to them during exposure. Now that the word is out and the research has proven the links importation of asbestos in and out of any country is mostly prohibited.

Even though this cancer is very rare it has been growing in number over the last 10 to 20 years but is expected to decline as less and less asbestos is used in factories, homes, and other areas. Even still, asbestos is considered to be one of the causes of mesothelioma in 9/10 patients. In today's world there is no real screening for mesothelioma but the medical field is hopeful that one day all who have been exposed to asbestos will be able to have a screening procedure completed to see if any of these microfibers exist in their bodies. Because of the lack of a prescreening procedure, many patients do not live more than 1 to 2 years after diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma. This is due to the fact that by the time the malignancy is found it is normally too late for a favorable diagnosis.

California Mesothelioma Settlement

Posted: 16 May 2016 03:37 PM PDT

California Mesothelioma Settlement

Former Machinist Wins Mesothelioma Settlement - 2009

Robert "Bobby" Hilt of Vallejo, California will receive a settlement in his mesothelioma lawsuit that adds up to $7.5 million. His trial ended in late December with the last of 11 defendants agreeing to settle out of court. Hilt, 64, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2008, and his claim was heard in San Francisco Superior Court.

Lock Manufacturing, Shipyard Work & Asbestos Exposure

It was argued that Hilt's mesothelioma was caused by asbestos exposure during a series of jobs he held in the San Francisco area from 1963 to 1972. During this time, he worked as:

    * A janitor at Schlage Lock Co. in Bayshore for two years

    * A machinist for Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and Mare Island Naval Shipyard, where he worked on Sturgeon-class submarines

He and his wife of 43 years, Geraldine, have lived in Vallejo for the past 20 years.

Hilt's San Francisco-based attorney, Gilbert Purcell, noted that naval shipyards are well known for exposing their employees to toxic levels of asbestos before stringent asbestos limits were imposed in the 1980s. He contended that Hitt's work at Schlage Lock was also a likely source of asbestos poisoning.

Hilt was diagnosed with mesothelioma by physicians at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Vallejo.

Manufacturers and Suppliers of Asbestos Products

The defendants in Hilt's lawsuit manufactured, supplied or distributed asbestos-containing products that Hitt handled or was exposed to at his places of work. The trial began in November 2008 and lasted for two weeks.

The $7.5 million settlement is among the highest for mesothelioma in the courts of California, the state with the highest rate of asbestos-related deaths in the U.S. according to the Environmental Working Group, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization.

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